Reply to "minutes?"

Hello Izzy,

That's an intriguing question. I would say that, in BrE at least, these are the predominant forms (although the alternatives might still be heard):

3 minutes past 8
5 past 8
11 minutes past 8
10 past 8
(a) quarter past 8
16 minutes past 8
20 past 8
22 minutes past 8
25 past 8
half past 8
25 to 9
20 to 9
(a) quarter to 9
10 to 9
9 minutes to 9
5 to 9
3 minutes to 9

Thus for numbers of minutes that are not divisible by 5, minutes are usually mentioned.

Best wishes,

MrP
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